Why do people ask what camera/lens to take while visiting XYZ?

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Why do people ask what camera/lens to take while visiting XYZ?
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I often see people asking what camera/lens to take when visiting XYZ places types of threads.

Why do people need location specific systems? Do people buy gears specifically for visiting a place? 

Surely same camera can be used whether one is visiting Europe or Asia or whatever places on earth?

I understand there could be some places where one really needs specific gears e.g. wildlife shooting in Africa where telephotos are essential. But even then, I find changing lenses during holidays very frustrating. I tried once and never there after. Of course, everyone's need and want are different.

When I first bought my DSLR few years back, I also got an impression like if I visit somewhere I need some specific lenses. But over the years I realized less is more and I now only travel with kit lens (18-55). In fact, I no longer like lugging bulky DSLR anymore (and looking for mirrorless replacement). I did felt the need for having a wide angle lens but then realized panorama stitching by software (e.g. Hugin) does produce very good result so dropped idea of wide angle lens.

I have discovered that not having to choose which systems (camera/lens) to use is veryliberating. 

At one point in time, I used to laugh at people who only shot using phone cameras - this includes my wife too.  But now I think I am the foolwho insisted on lugging a camera bag on shoulder - which feels like carrying a stone after midday. 

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